Charge Knife saddle review

Saddle shape is very much a matter of personal choice, but we’re willing to bet the Charge Knife will suit most people. Its rounded shape, generous yet firm padding and keen price makes it a contender if you’re in the market for a new saddle.

The Charge Knife saddle isn’t as uncomfortable as its name might suggest..

Based on the popular Spoon, a slimmed-down profile and less padding reduces the weight down to 219g which is knocking on the door of some very expensive lightweight saddles. Luckily, they’ve kept the same shape as the original (the Spoon) and that means it’s still a very comfortable place to plant your sit bones.

The broad rear section, gentle curve and light depression along the centre and finally a wide nose makes it supremely comfortable. We’ve done 12-hour races on this saddle with not a saddle sore to report. Some people might point out that there’s no central recessed channel, but we’ve ridden this back to back with such saddles and noticed no lack of comfort.

Despite the slim profile and lack of padding, the shape makes the Knife of the most comfortable saddles we’ve used.

With a Nylon-Fibre base, titanium alloy rails and the loss of the underside plastic bumpers, the Knife is light at just 219g. That puts it in the company of much more expensive saddles. So plenty light enough, and smart looking, for even the most expensive bike builds.

It’s sold in three colours; brown, black and white, we’ve been testing the latter. We had concerns about how long it would remain white, but the upper scrubs up well and a squirt of Muc-Off removes any stubborn dirt.

Verdict

Outstandingly comfortable, light and available in a choice of colours, the Knife is a top saddle.

Pros

Very comfortable
Light
Reasonable price

Cons

It’s £35 more than the Spoon

Price: £59.99
More information: Charge Knife

Employing the same renowned shape as the multi award winning Spoon saddle, the Knife features a flexible nylon base that allows less foam padding to be used while maintaining a fantastic level of comfort, hollow Ti alloy rails and a lower profile to combine the comfort of the Spoon with the weight of a race saddle… only 210g.

  1. Marcus Dyson

    I LOVE my Knife, just like I love my two Spoons. I spent a lot of time and effort messing about with carbon railed saddles. Had loads of problems with the Crank Brothers rail kits – dobbed it in for a Knife and have never looked back. Now, I just put a Spoon or a Knife on every bike I buy. Always cheap, always comfortable.

  2. paulhaysom

    If I remember rightly a firmer saddle with less padding will be more comfortable. I guess with mountain biking you’re in and out of the saddle quite a bit though, same rule apply?

  3. Simon Otter

    I’ve had a Fizik Gobi XM for 18 months (came with my bike), but I find it hard on the sit bones. Does anyone have any experience of the Gobi vs. the Knife?

    1. Simon

      @simon otter.
      Yep I’ve used both and found the knife much more comfortable. And I 100% agree with paulhaysom. The padding should be in yr shorts chamois.

  4. Greg B

    Loved the shape and padding on the saddle but the ti rails bend way too easily, have two at home in the “parts” bin with bent rails.

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